I love woodworking. It’s a great hobby, but it can also be expensive if you’re not careful. For example, I’m currently working on a project that requires me to stain my table legs and chairs before putting them back together.
To do this, I went over each piece with sandpaper and then stained them using an oil-based product called Minwax Gel Stain.
This is great stuff—it goes on thick and dark without looking like paint—but it costs $20 per container! That’s $40 just for staining the table legs alone.
Thankfully, there are cheaper alternatives out there if you know where to look (and no: they don’t involve using paint). One of those options is sawdust mixed with wood glue or carpenter’s glue.”
What can you mix with wood filler?
Yes, you can.
Wood glue is another common additive to wood filler. You can also use linseed oil, mineral spirits, and oil-based paint, varnish, and shellac (for outdoors). For indoor use only: water-based paint or varnish; polyurethane; epoxy.
Table of Contents
- What can you mix with wood filler?
- How do you make wood filler with sawdust and wood glue?
- How do you make homemade wood filler?
- How do you use sawdust as a wood filler?
- How do you make wood filler look like natural wood?
- Why is my wood filler not staining?
- How do you fill holes in wood without wood filler?
- Are wood putty and wood filler the same?
How do you make wood filler with sawdust and wood glue?
Mixing wood filler and sawdust together is easy. You can use plain wood glue to make it, but if you have the time and energy, using a two-part epoxy resin is best.
First, mix the sawdust with water until it’s wet enough to stick together in a clump. It doesn’t need to be soaked—just wet enough that you can mold it into balls without having them fall apart when you squeeze them.
Next, combine about one part sawdust with three parts polyurethane glue or polyester resin (more on this later). Mix these thoroughly until the sawdust is completely covered with the glue/resin mixture. This might take some elbow grease!
Use a plastic knife or similar tool to scrape off any excess pulp from your mixing bowl before applying this mixture onto your pieces of furniture as needed.
How do you make homemade wood filler?
- See if your local hardware store has sawdust and wood glue in stock. If not, you can make your own with a small saw and a container for mixing.
- Combine the sawdust with water until it forms a paste-like consistency; this will depend on how much glue you add, but use enough so that it’s not dry or crumbly (and don’t worry about making exact measurements).
- Use sandpaper to smooth out any rough parts of the patch area before applying your filler mixture to ensure that all surfaces are level with one another, which will make your repairs look more seamless once they dry up completely!
- Paint over this new patch area using either stain or varnish depending on how dark of color tones you want (or even just paint over altogether if creating something lighter colored).
How do you use sawdust as a wood filler?
Sawdust can be used as a wood filler just like any other product, but there are some special considerations to make when using it.
- Mix sawdust with wood glue or resin. The amount of sawdust you add will vary depending on what type of project you’re working on and how much filler is needed for each hole or crack. It’s best to start off with an equal ratio of sawdust and glue, then add more glue if the mixture seems too dry or more sawdust if it seems too wet.
- Apply the mixture onto your surface and smooth out with a putty knife or trowel until there are no visible clumps on the surface. This may take some practice—you’ll want to smooth out any areas where excess material has been applied first before adding more onto those spots so that they don’t form lumps when smoothed over later on down the road!
- Let dry overnight before sanding down any rough edges left behind by excess material being pushed into place during application process (this can happen even if it was mixed thoroughly beforehand).
How do you make wood filler look like natural wood?
Use a stain that is the same color as the wood. This technique is simple and yields great results. When you’re applying the stain, be sure to use a brush or cloth designed for staining wood, not one meant for painting.
Brush it onto your wood filler in an even coat and then allow it to dry overnight before sanding down any raised areas with an orbital sander (or another type of sander depending on your preference).
Sanding will reveal some of the filler’s fine texture and make it appear more natural; two things many people are looking for when trying this method out!
In addition to using stains that match your original finish, there are other options available as well: one could use a darker shade than their existing coating if they wanted their finished product to look aged or distressed; similarly, one could also choose something lighter than their existing coating if they wanted something resembling new construction…so many options!
Why is my wood filler not staining?
Here are some reasons why your wood filler might not be staining:
- The wood filler is not porous enough. The pores in the wood must be open enough to allow the stain to absorb into them, but if there are too many gaps between the filler and the surrounding surface, it will simply dry as a thin layer of color on top of everything else. To fix this problem, spread more wet filler onto your workpiece before it dries, then sand it smooth once again.
- The surface has been sanded too much or not enough. If you’ve already finished sanding but still don’t see any coloring from the stain on your project (and you’re sure that all surfaces have been saturated), try sanding back down and repeating the process until you get results! If after several applications no color appears at all on any part of your project—or if only thin layers appear where they shouldn’t—you might want to consider using another product entirely instead!
How do you fill holes in wood without wood filler?
It’s a good idea to use wood filler, especially if you’re filling large holes. Wood putty can be used for areas that are smaller than 1 inch in diameter.
You can also use a wood patch or a wood plug for even smaller spots. A wood patch will fill the hole well but it needs to dry completely before sanding and finishing it.
Wood patching compound is another option but it will take time to dry so this method is best suited for smaller projects like furniture repairs or minor home repairs.
If you need something more permanent then try using a wood block that has adhesive built into the center of each piece, allowing them to stick together easily when glued together in layers – making them perfect for filling larger holes because there’s no need for extra adhesives!
Are wood putty and wood filler the same?
Now that we’ve established that wood putty and wood filler are different products, let’s talk about the difference between them.
They both fill holes in wood and help to smooth out rough edges, but their main difference lies in the way they’re used.
Wood putty is a material made of fine sawdust mixed with glue or another bonding agent. It can be applied directly to a surface without the need for sanding or priming it first, making it useful for quick fixes such as filling a nail hole without having to wait for paint or stain to dry.
Wood filler consists of sawdust mixed with an adhesive that sets up when exposed to moisture (such as rain). This allows you time to apply multiple layers until your project is complete—you just have to wait for each layer before applying another one!
We hope to have answered all your questions about mixing wood filler with sawdust and glue. Now it’s time to get creative!